Pie [NOOK Book]

Overview

The pie, to quote one Victorian writer, is 'a great human discovery which has universal estimation among all civilized eaters'. It is astonishing, given the widespread appeal of this humble dish, that the pie does not appear to have had a single book devoted to its complex but fascinating story; this book redresses a glaring omission from culinary history.
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Pie

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Overview

The pie, to quote one Victorian writer, is 'a great human discovery which has universal estimation among all civilized eaters'. It is astonishing, given the widespread appeal of this humble dish, that the pie does not appear to have had a single book devoted to its complex but fascinating story; this book redresses a glaring omission from culinary history.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Clarkson's loving ode to pie is a rich, savory history of one of the world's oldest and most iconic dishes. Pie plates being, quite literally, the first baking container, virtually all baked goods that weren't bread were known as pie. While winnowing down the definition, Clarkson finds that the first pies-as-we-know-them offered an ingeniously efficient mode for preserving fillings like meat and vegetables. Portability was a bonus feature-workers and travelers have been carrying pies with them at least since Chaucer's time-making them stalwarts for cooks of all skill levels. The book's slim page count belies a wealth of information, including the science of flaky crust, recipes from yesteryear, the real-life inspirations for famous pie lovers like Georgie Porgie and Little Jack Horner, and a brief dissertation on why pie is so delicious ("biology makes us do it"). With enthusiasm and detailed research, Clarkson's entertaining history is a nutrient-rich meal for the mind, sure to be devoured as happily as its subject. 40 color plates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861896773
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Edible
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 865,986
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Janet Clarkson is a lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. She was written widely on culinary history.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Preliminary Observations on Pie

1. A Brief History of Pie

2. The Universal Appeal of Pie

3. Pies by Design

4. Filling Stuff

5. Special Occasion Pies

6. Around the World with Pie

7. Imaginary Pies

Epilogue: The Future of Pie

 

Recipes

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    YUM

    I have always liked pie. I mean, I like pie. (Its that fun just to say) I knew little bits about the history of pie, this just seems so freaking awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Fascinating

    Must read for Foodies or Culinary Enthusiasts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Healers den

    One nest

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